Coming back from a set down to taking the next two in style, fourth seed Maria Sharapova downed Kirsten Flipkens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. On the other hand, World No. 1 Serena Williams dusted US qualifier Coco Vandeweghe in straight sets 6-3, 6-1 in just 78 minutes. The two matches played on the Monday of Sony Open Tennis were highly in contrast of the other, with the end result favouring the top stars.
Maria Sharapova, seventh ranked in the world had another busy day under the scorching Florida sun. The tough conditions and equally motivated opponent posed a serious threat for the leggy Russian, who is still in search of her first title of 2014. At the Crandon Park, 19th-ranked Belgian player Kirsten Flipkens took the first set 6-3. Sharapova’s game had similar string of errors, which was fully exploited by Flipkens to take the set.
Career Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova rallied from behind to take the next two set 6-4, 6-1 in a marathon match which lasted for two hours and four minutes. Sharapova gave several free points in form of double faults and unforced errors. She alone gave 5 double faults in the first set and 10 overall.
Sharapova next faces the winner of Czech player Petra Kvitová and Serbian Ana Ivanovic.
Maria Sharapova has been a five-time finalist at Miami and would look forward to moving one hurdle ahead into the unknown territory at this hard court. She lost to American Serena Wiliams last year at Sony Open Tennis.
Defending champion Serena Williams confessed to having a much competitive game than the score line suggested against the countrywomen qualifier Coco Vandeweghe. She had a routine day winning it easily 6-3, 6-1.
Serena Williams next faces fifth seeded Angelique Kerber for a place in the last four. The German player comes off a difficult match against Russian Ekaterina Makarova which lasted for more than two hours. She defeated Makarova 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.
Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber have met four times with the world no. 1 leading 3-1 against German player.